what i’ve been watching recently #11

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Hello, friends!

I finally made some progress on my to-watch list, so I have new thoughts to share. I am also very excited because the next time I write one of these posts, I’ll be commenting on HSMTMTS S2 and I’m not emotionally prepared at all.

LOVE VICTOR (S1)

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As a huge fan of Love Simon, I was anticipating a lot the release of the show inspired by it, and yet it took me almost a whole year to watch it. Love Victor is quite different, as it follows a boy from a hispanic family, moving into a new town and school, finding himself a girlfriend and falling for his coworker – who has a boyfriend. Victor had a lot more going on around him, and I found very easy to connect with his character.

Originally, I hated the idea of adding a female character just for the guy’s development as he realizes he’s in fact *not* into her, but Love Victor developed Mia a lot as a character, which I appreciated. I also adored Felix, Victor’s best friend, and he was the most hilarious and adorable part of the show.

However, I did not care *at all* for the parents’ storyline (middle-aged people problems are just…. so boring), the acting was not the best and the script felt *so* forced at times it made me physically cringe and I also completely not bought into Victor and Benji’s romance. (Lowkey because Benji acted like a douchebag sometimes and it was a big yikes).

MISMATCHED (S1)

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This show was inspired by When Dimple Met Rishi, which was why I wanted to watch it in the first place. It is quite different from the book – it’s entirely set in India and for that reason, we don’t really get to see some of my favorite aspects of the novel, which is how Dimple and Rishi learn and grow from each other’s connection with their Indian heritage.

Despite that, I still enjoyed it a lot for the most part. The main couple had a lot of chemistry, there was great representation with a disabled side character and a lesbian side character and the way it was edited/directed was super dynamic and interesting.

However, the ending of the show really frustrated me. There is an outing of a side character and the way that person’s trauma was used for “conflict” for the main couple really bothered me. I also didn’t love the amounts of bullying (it was *very* unnecessary), but I do have to admit that I am intrigued by the new love interest and lowkey shipping them too (I’m a mess, I’m sorry).

THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER (S1)

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Y’all. I love this show. Honestly.

While I was excited for it, I could’ve never predicted how much I absolutely adored all episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. There is so much powerful commentary in it, related to the black community in America, the symbol of Captain America for the US, what power does to people, immigration and community’s response to it, as well as amazing character development.

I already really liked Bucky and Sam’s dynamic from the other MARVEL movies and was so pleased with how they continued to be hilarious together. I also really enjoyed the villains – John Walker is fascinating and I loved to hate him; Karli and the Flag Smashers are also my favorite type of villains – the ones that the hero has to learn something from.

While I was a bit confused by the ending and I wish there was more attention given to the female characters in general, I am so happy with the show overall and anticipating season 2 pretty badly.

SHADOW AND BONE (S1)

The buzz around this show was massive and I’m so happy that it did not disappoint.

I was very surprised by the production value of the show, and a lot of effort was clearly put into it. I also did not expect that they’d be splitting so 50/50 the screen time between Alina’s arc and the Crows, which was very satisfying to see.

Overall, I found myself engaged with all the characters, even the ones I wasn’t super familiar with (like, anything happens to Mal and I *will* die). I was a bit confused by the plot, the geography of this world, as well as some of the characters’ motivations, but the cast dynamic is so perfect and the acting so good, I could very much glance over that.

Also: Nina/Matthias are even better in the show. I am LIVING.

If you’ve watched any of these shows, let me know your thoughts. Also: what are your theories for season 2 of Shadow & Bone? (Cause it will happen, it SHALL happen!)

14 comentários sobre “what i’ve been watching recently #11

  1. OUU I have watched most of these series. I was just thinking about Mismatched the other day and I was so upset at what happened to that side character. I felt so bad.
    Also, I kinda agree with you about that new love interest 👀.

    Falcon and the Winter Soldier was amazing! This duo lives in my head rent-free!! The ending was so weird and I have no idea where they are going with that but I am still excited!

    Shadow and Bone was everything I needed. Mal is so sweet and I love him so much! I need him in my life. I loved all three plots that were going on especially the crows because they are the best!

    I also have been meaning to watch Love, Victor but I keep forgetting so thank you for reminding me!

    AHHH! I am so excited for HSMTMTS Season 2. I cannot wait! Great post!!

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    • Hahahah, I love that we feel similarly about the love triangle. It will most certainly be messy, but I am intrigued!
      I have no idea what the ending of Falcon and the Winter Soldier was either. I am very intrigued how the events of the show will overlap with future Marvel movies.
      Let me know what you’re thinking of HSMTMTS so far! Thanks for reading! 💕

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  2. Aaah I’m looking forward to Love, Victor s2! Here’s to hoping there’ll be more development for Mia, Victor, and Benji!

    Also loving FATWS and the multifaceted social commentary it’s making.

    Curtir

  3. 😑😞😢 : this is me wanting to watch Falcon and the Winter soldier but not having enough time.. I’m glad you enjoyed these shows!!!

    And ahh Shadow and Bone was so awesome!!! I fell in love with literally every character, and Jessie Mei Li and Mal and the Crows were all almost exactly like I pictured them! I didnt connect much with Nina and Matthias in the book but here, they stole my heart. And gosh their costume designs are so good! Haha I’ll stop now but I really love this show lol😅😄

    Curtir

    • Ahhh, the good thing about Falcon and the Winter Soldier though is that there are only 6 episodes, hahah.
      Nina and Matthias were even better in the show! I loved them already but I do agree that their dynamic on screen was even more perfect.
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, Jan! ❤️

      Curtir

    • Ahhh, please watch Mismatched, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!
      I think it might be a smart decision. I am not super interested in Wandavision, but I am intrigued by Loki, because I love the character.
      Thank you so much for reading, Tasya! 🥰

      Curtir

  4. Oh, I really need to watch Love, Victor sometime, I heard such good things about it ever since it came out🥰 I also watched Mismatched last month and I have mixed feelings as well. I liked how the actors brought the story to life but the ending wasn’t as great. I didn’t like how the outing was used for drama and I’m a bit nervous about the emerging love triangle :o

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    • Yes, I don’t think the ending was super promising, especially because now they’re going completely into new territory and without the book to guide them, I don’t know how I’ll feel about it, haha. It always makes me nervous when adaptations do that!
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, Caro! 😊

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  5. Every time I think about season two of S&B, I remember that it means Nikolai, and I am NOT PREPARED. I’m so hyped for it, and I really, really hope it gets renewed so we can all collectively die over his casting. I’m also just so pleased with how the first season turned out, and though I was wary on the inclusion of the Dregs, it ended up making a lot of sense, and it was so fun to see Kaz, Inej, and Jesper pre-books hanging out. I can’t wait to see them continue to develop their relationships together before we get to the actual meat of the Dregs’ story.

    Also, I STILL have not watched Love, Victor, and I truly don’t know what’s wrong with me.

    Curtir

    • Exactlyyy! I loved how we got to see them before the events of Six of Crows and get a glimpse of the beginning of their relationship and the development of their dynamic.
      S2 of Love Victor is coming out soon, so it might be fitting to do a binge-watch if you end up enjoying it!
      Thanks for stopping by! 💛

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  6. I haven’t read anything by Leigh Bardugo, but I absolutely LOVED watching Shadow and Bone! I was a bit confused at first with them jumping between storylines, but thankfully got it sorted eventually, haha. I’m interested to see what I missed when I rewatch it.

    Curtir

    • Ahh, I am so glad the show worked for you even not being a fan of the books. Sadly, two of my friends who didn’t read the books didn’t care much for the TV show, so I was worried it wouldn’t work for non-fans. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the show and the characters, despite it being confusing (Six of Crows was also pretty confusing at first hahah). Thank you so much for reading! 🤍

      Curtir

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